Premier League Betting Preview And Transfer Window Reflections

Matt Le Tissier gives his tips for the weekend's Premier League action and some thoughts on January transfers

Matt Le Tissier's Premier League betting preview and thoughts on January transfersSo, another frantic January transfer window has closed and the biggest move was probably Mario Balotelli going from Manchester City to AC Milan. Will English football miss him?

 

We’ll certainly miss him for the entertainment value off the pitch but City won’t miss him on the pitch. I think the circus just got too much in the end and, with his lack of contribution, it just wasn’t worth it.

 

With Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and David Silva as attackers, they should be fine for goals.

 

A lot has been made of QPR splashing the cash but it’s only a dangerous strategy if they put themselves in a position that, if they should go down, then their future’s at risk. I don’t think that’s the case with them as their owner seems committed.

 

Bringing in Christopher Samba for £12.5 million is a lot of money (and they probably have paid over the odds), but he’s the sort of player they are desperate for – a tall, physical presence and leader at the back.

 

Arsenal needed a new left-back as Andre Santos is bordering on the embarrassing now, so it was a position Arsene Wenger had to strengthen. We know Wenger’s not a fan of January and it wasn’t a surprise that Nacho Monreal was the only one who came in.

 

QPR’s new signings will be able to make an immediate impact in tomorrow’s game against Norwich in an absolutely massive match for the London club. If they are to stay up they have to win these home games against teams in the second half of the table.

 

Norwich are in the midst of a rocky spell and it’s been a while since they’ve won. QPR should just have enough for the home win at evens with bet365.

 

Southampton coming back to draw 2-2 with Chelsea was incredible, but for Reading to come back from two goals down with four minutes to go was just, wow!

 

There’s something strange going on with the Blues, as the Chelsea sides of old would never have surrendered those leads so easily.

 

Newcastle have signed a lot of French players and hopefully the Gallic invasion should iron their recent form drop out.

 

I can see the Magpies getting a draw at 13/5 with Stan James.

 

Saints have a massive game at Wigan. I thought my old side did really well at Old Trafford, especially in the second half.

 

Mauricio Pottechino has presided over two good performances but we’ve still only managed to get one point from those games which might be a concern.

 

Wigan aren’t on a great run and, although they show good spirit, I think we have enough about us to take the three points at 5/2 with bet365.

 

On Sunday, Tottenham are up at West Brom and I know Spurs are on a decent run, but they are rather hanging onto fourth spot at the moment by drawing too many games. It’s three draws in a row now but they can end that frustrating sequence with a narrow victory at the Hawthorns.

 

West Brom have lost four of their last five and Andre Villas-Boas’ men should have too much. The away win is best-priced 6/5 with William Hill.

 

I watched Liverpool against Arsenal and they were very good value for their 2-0 lead.

 

However, the two Arsenal goals in three minutes shocked the Reds and they rather hung on. Better teams than the Gunners would have exploited that, but they did manage to compose themselves in the end and a draw was probably fair enough.

 

I don’t think they’ll be a match for City at the Etihad, though. Brendan Rodgers’ team incredibly haven’t beaten a top ten team this season and Roberto Mancini’s home record is extraordinary. There’s still juice in the 17/20 Betfred are offering on the hosts winning